Why Does Everything Remind Me of ActiveRain?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Yesterday, I was stuck in really congested, bumper to bumper traffic.  As I waited for my turn to pass through the intersection, I noticed a power line up ahead that had dozens of birds perched on it.  Not an earthshattering moment -- I've actually seen birds on a wire hundreds of times.  Yet, the whole "birds on a wire" scenario has been a phenomenon that has always fascinated me:  The way the birds are assembled and lined up with such precision, each having its own personal space -- often times equidistant from the next bird.  From my perspective, it appears to be a cohesive, respectful, and well run system.  Not surprisingly, as I stared at those birds from a distance, I envisioned many similarities to the ActiveRain community.  (Hang in there ... I'm really going somewhere with this!)

BirdsWireFirst, you see all the birds that have been perched there for awhile.  Soon enough, a new bird flies by and wants to join in with the other birds.  The other birds graciously move their little bird bodies aside to make room for the new bird.  They welcome the new bird with open wings (groan), allowing the newcomer to 'chill out' and 'do its thing' -- all with the freedom to express its little inner birdie greatness.

Still with me?  Then, something invariably happens.  One of the birds develops a bad attitude or does something mean-spirited to another bird.  A few birds representing the group start to peck at and push the problem bird off the wire until it flies away.  The community of birds stick together and support one another -- while at the same time -- keeping the space vacated by the problem bird open and available for a new bird to join in.  And, as crowded as the wire becomes, there always seems to be enough room to welcome new birds to perch, hang out, mingle with the others, and spread their wings (groan again.)  Sounds familiar to me.

I wonder what other ActiveRain connections I'll find today.  Wait!  I think the cream in my coffee just spelled out the letters AR!

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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Analogies are good - and I totally get seeing AR everywhere!

Jan 28, 2012 04:29 AM #1
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

There are lots of flocks out there. AR is certainly one of them. Maybe you just need to pick and choose your flock.

Jan 28, 2012 05:09 AM #2
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


We have swallows here during the winter and the mass on wires. The first thing I am going to do the next time I see them while driving or out walking is to observe this for myself. I know your comment about them being analogous to members here on the Rain will forever stick in my mind.

I agree this is a great place tohangout. cheers cvc

Jan 28, 2012 05:22 AM #3
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

You've been watching too much Hitchcock.

Jan 28, 2012 05:33 AM #4
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Wayne & Jean:  It's amazing how much I can relate AR to parts of my everyday life :)

Bill:  I love my AR flock :)  So happy to be here!

Curtis:  Check it out and let me know what you see :)  And, I totally agree with you ... AR is a great place to hang out!

Alan:  Yes ... you might be right :)


Jan 28, 2012 05:54 AM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Carie, I get what you're saying!  There's a limit to how much bad behavior this community will silently suffer prior to letting the offender know in no uncertain terms they're out of bounds.  And newcomers are always welcome! :)

Jan 28, 2012 10:40 AM #6
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Carie, You are the most awesome blogger.  I can't wait to see what you write each day!

Jan 28, 2012 01:50 PM #7
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Nice analogy Carie, ActiveRain sure is a great place for many reasons.

Jan 28, 2012 10:12 PM #8
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Liz & Bill:  I couldn't resist the correlation.  And you're right ... being a relative newcomer myself, I know I have felt so welcomed from the very start :)

Marge:  Awww ... thanks!  What a nice comment, Marge ~ I appreciate your kind words very much :)

Al:  Thanks!  I agree ... AR is a great place, for sure :)

Jan 29, 2012 12:33 AM #9
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Great post!  Always some bad birds mixed in with the good but I find mostly we're a good flock her in the Rain :)  Happy Sunday.



Jan 29, 2012 01:47 AM #10
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

John:  I totally agree ... we're a good flock here in the Rain!  Hope you had a beautiful Sunday :)

Jan 29, 2012 03:14 PM #11
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Your posts are always so compelling to read!! You are a natural for this format.
Love the good bird story. We certainly are diverse flock here. What i love most here is that you talk about seeing everything from a new perspective since you joined. I am not the only one then. It transfers into most everything i see and do. Yes.. a new path.. =)

Jan 29, 2012 11:55 PM #12
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  As always, thank you so much for the kind words :)  You're right ... we certainly are a diverse "flock" here!  And, having the opportunity to read all of the wonderfully, different perspectives is just one of the many things I love about being here!

Jan 30, 2012 05:48 AM #13
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